We’ve been to Vitelli’s Bar, so we have re-lived one scene from the Godfather II movie. Our guide told us to meet her under the tree in the Piazza, so we can all walk up, up, up the hill together. We are to follow the footsteps of Michael and Appollonia, when they were married in the church and then walked down the hill. Remember that scene? Here’s a reminder…… the first photo is outside Vitelli’s Bar and the second is the church walk……….
I’ve been studying the map.
Well, this looks like the tree and quite the tree it is! It may be the only shade found in Savoca!
Right behind the tree is a little restaurant that offers really tasty looking Italian dishes! That pizza looks especially good!
They sell Godfather souvenirs too………anyone need an apron?
Francis Ford Coppola is still here filming in spirit…….I love this photo because the church we are walking to is in the background……..
What a view we have from here!
These folks have a great view off their balcony too!
So, let’s start up the hill…….it’s not going to get any easier or cooler!
Sometimes, I just have to turn around and see where I have been…………
and then I turn back around and take in my surroundings……..
I have a thing about street lamps………so always like to photograph those…
I especially liked this one …….I have a feeling it has been moved from another spot…………
Then through the old stone fortress walls……….we go……….
getting higher and higher……..
Some properties need some tender loving care, but they have a character I like………
and some properties are very posh……….
We’re coming to St Michael’s Church, but it is not the one we are seeking……..the building started in 1250 and was not completed until 1420…..but it’s still standing!
We are getting closer to our destination!
and closer …….I wanted you to see everything……….
Finally! We made it!
And after that longish hike we don’t have time to go in ………What?
Just walk back down the hill……………
PS Many of the background characters in the wedding scene were local people……..the elderly women of the village were ecstatic to be asked to be in the film. They received a small amount of money and two meals daily. For many of the women it was the first time they had money to call their own!
Next, we are going to go to another small hilltop village that Francis Ford Coppola used in place of Corleone, where the Godfathers family was originally from. The village of Forza d’Agro was used instead of the real Corleone, because that venue was now too big! See you there!
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Cady, I don’t know whether to punch the “like” button or not. After all that up climbing hike, no time left to go inside the church?!! Preposterous! Otherwise, I enjoyed the views. I particularly like the exterior alcoves, both in this post and your earlier ones in Savoca, with bas relief religious scenes, an idea for my garden courtyard at home.
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Well what I really didn’t want to write was the reason we didn’t go in the church was 1. They charged to get in and I thought a church is a church and who charges to get in a church anyway? 2. One of the couples in our party had drank too much granita at Vitelli’s Bar and took forever to get up that hill so we were not all together to get in the church as a group, so our young Italian guide just turned us around and marched us back down that hill! There now, YOU have the full story! Ha ha! Are you doing a new design in your courtyard garden? Tell me all about it! I need to also tell you about a very good and different book I am reading now! You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to!
Thanks so much for that fabulous tour, I felt like I had walked it with you. The old buildings are so beautiful, even in a dilapidated state and that church is gorgeous. No wonder that village was chosen for the movie.
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The more run down the better I like the spots!!!!!
Wonderful place to have a wedding and tio visit.